Memorial University has committed to paying for improvements to pedestrian safety on Westerland Road in St. John’s, according to a news release from the university.
The improvements were recommended as a result of a pedestrian protection study of the street this past summer. The report, which was commissioned by the university, recommended: “installing permanent curb extensions to make pedestrians more visible to drivers, adding a pedestrian cross signal at the pedway and adding significant new signage along the length of Westerland Road and on the pedway,” the news release states.
Earlier Thursday, before MUN announced it would pay for the improvements, the university’s students’ union reported that there have been two pedestrians hit on campus in the past week. The union asked the university administration, along with the City of St. John’s, to meet to discuss solutions to the safety issue.
“It is time for concrete action in order to ensure the safety of those who study, work and live on our campus,” said Candace Simms, executive director of external affairs, communications, and research.
The city, the university, the provincial government and Eastern Health continue to work on a study that aims to improve safety on the roads in the area.
Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union (MUNSU) has requested a meeting with university administration and the City of St. John’s to find solutions to issues of pedestrian safety.
A MUNSU news release notes there have been two vehicle-pedestrian accidents on campus this week, one of which was on the same crosswalk where, just two years ago, a serious accident left a student with a broken back. Several other pedestrians have been struck on the same crosswalk and other areas around campus over the last two years.
Students, faculty, and staff held a demonstration on campus last year calling for increased lighting and slower speed limits on campus.
“It is time for concrete action in order to ensure the safety of those who study, work and live on our campus,” said Candace Simms, executive director of External Affairs, Communications, and Research.
“By working together, students, the City of St. John’s, and the university will be able to implement solutions to protect our campus community. Decision makers must act immediately to ensure pedestrian safety.”
MUNSU represents over 13,000 undergraduate students at Memorial University.